The bird(er)s of Reeds Lake

When Mike Papenfus of Corvallis, Oregon found out he would be attending the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids last year, he packed his binoculars and his birding journal.

Spiritual words

Emily Stoddard spent her 20s running, running, running.

Changing Grand Rapids

Change is in the wind in the Third Ward of Grand Rapids.

Inside Track: He won’t stop … maybe ever

There are few Grand Rapidians who seemingly have their hands in as many endeavors as Jonathan Jelks.

‘Downton Shabby’ author returns to West Michigan

Holland-born actor and writer Hopwood DePree will make an appearance at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids. 

Tasteful retail

When the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s gift shop closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, a hole was left in downtown.

Rockford native to present on bike tour of North America

Author Robert Downes will speak on his experiences in long-distance biking. 

National Poetry Month: Meet your local poets

Kyd Kane, Grand Rapids’ current poet laureate, said she is a spoken word poet “in limbo,” as so many poets are in these long months of the pandemic that has shut down venues, stopped indoor events and slowed community gatherings.

Longtime philanthropist Lena Meijer dies at 102

A West Michigan philanthropist and retail mogul recently died.

Wine for the people

Here is something important to remember about George W.C. Walker III: Before he was 21 years old, he was in West Michigan, already studying for his sommelier exam.

Longtime West Michigan philanthropist Esther Padnos dies

West Michigan is mourning the death of a longtime supporter of philanthropic causes in the region.

Former NBA player Terry drives revamped Grand Rapids Gold in NBA G League

Jason Terry knows how to have an NBA career, complete with an NBA Championship.

Broadway Grand Rapids director to retire

After over a decade of leadership, the executive director of Broadway Grand Rapids (BGR) is stepping down.

Local influencer

Sara Visser turned her love of Grand Rapids into a thriving Instagram.

She’s got confidence

Young entrepreneur Lexi Austin is helping girls feel good about themselves.

ArtPrize entry launched career

Whether he’s asking the audience to physically engage with his work or pause to reflect on their own personal experiences, Jeffrey Augustine Songco’s art leaves a lasting impression.

A new brew

Terry Rostic and Jamaal Ewing launched Black Calder Brewing late last year.

New Kyd on the block

On Jan. 1, Grand Rapids gained its newest poet laureate in Ericka “Kyd Kane” Thompson. She is the seventh to take on the title and the first Black woman and openly queer person to hold the role.

Representing the Black community

Dr. Charles Gibson is one of only a few Black trauma surgeons in the country.

Building downtown

As president and CEO of DGRI, Tim Kelly is helping to bring downtown to life.




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